Nissan has updated the Patrol for the 2020 model year, with changes for the latest iteration applied inside and out. Badged as the Armada for the American market, the Patrol is offered with a choice of two petrol engines; a 4.0 litre V6 with 275 hp and 394 Nm of torque, and a 5.6 litre V8 producing 400 hp and 560 Nm of torque, with drive sent to all four wheels via a seven-speed automatic transmission.

The 2020 Nissan Patrol is identified by a revised exterior featuring the brand’s V-motion grille adapted for its SUV models, LED headlights with boomerang-shaped DRLs and a new bumper in front, while the rear end also receives tail lamps with the equivalent boomerang shape echoing those at the front. The revised tail lamps also sport sequential turn signals; a Nissan-first, the company says, while access to the tow bar mount is now integrated into the rear bumper, rather than beneath it.

Inside, the 2020 Patrol brings a new centre console design with dual displays for infotainment and HVAC functions, the former installed with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to accommodate both iOS and Android mobile devices. Upholstery is also new, now featuring diamond-stitch quilted leather seats with added padding and hand-stitched steering wheel leather trim, while the front seats can be optioned with climate control and powered lumbar support.

Updates towards improving the Patrol’s noise and vibrations have resulted in a quieter and more pleasant cabin, says Nissan, while its air-conditioning also gets improved cooling and air flow distribution systems for quicker cabin temperature reduction, in order to better suit hot climates in markets where the Patrol is traditionally popular, such as the Middle East which will receive the 2020 Patrol this month.

Safety equipment on the 2020 Nissan Patrol includes Intelligent Emergency Braking with pedestrian detection and Intelligent Forward Collision Warning. These are added to a suite of Nissan Intelligent Mobility technologies that are already available, while active safety includes ABS with EBD, stability control, while the V8-powered versions also get Hydraulic Body Motion Control for improved suspension and less vibration.

Nissan also announced pricing for its US-market twin, the 2020 Armada in pre-facelift form, which uses the VK56VD 5.6 litre V8 direct-injection petrol as the sole engine choice, with both 4WD and 2WD drive layouts available for the US market. Four trim levels for the Armada are available – SV, SL, Platinum and Platinum Reserve. The pre-update Armada is priced from US$47,100 (RM197,162) for the SV 4X2, and up to US$68,030 (RM284,776) for the Platinum Reserve 4X4.

The full-size, body-on-frame Patrol also formed the basis for the Infiniti QX80, which used to be on sale in Malaysia; the V8 SUV is no longer listed on the Infiniti Malaysia website, with the QX70 now the marque’s sole crossover/SUV entry in the country.